Fancourt Golf Club

Greetings from Lloyd 

Greetings Members and Friends,

I would like to bring you up to speed with the new golf membership model. A meeting was held by the FMHA Board last week, in order to review the proposal on the table. There are still one or two issues that need to be ironed out and we hope to have this completed this week. We know that there is some criticism behind how long this process has taken, but as Mr Gregory explained in November at the AGM, it is an emotive topic with many views and there is more than just golf to consider. Thank you for your patience.

Strength Is In the Eye Of The Beholder

I took a well needed week’s holiday last week; Family Time at my favorite place on the coast Buffalo Bay near Knysna. While I was there it dawned on me how lucky we are to be able to drive 30 minutes down the road and have such a special place to stay. In fact the within 45 minutes drive up or down the Garden Route coast line (mountains included) we really do live in a special place.

There is another side to this point though. We held a strategic planning meeting recently and discussed, amongst other matters the location of Fancourt and whether it is a strength or a weakness. And from a purely personal perspective, I think it is a strength. I am sure many of you agree, you bought here because of Fancourt’s location and the relatively low crime rate in the area. However, from a purely business perspective, Fancourt’s location could be seen as a weakness. Trying to get flights here is expensive and they are far too few. Forget the 14 hour drive from Johannesburg, and even 5 from Cape Town is a long drive if you are coming down for a short period. There are no major corporate companies locally, so for the only real chance of corporate days is if they fly in, and then the only way they can play here is if they stay in the Hotel. These corporate days are a major source of income for courses in and around the major centres.

Can you imagine if we could pick up Fancourt and plonk it down in a nice suburb near Cape Town or Durban? Financial problems sorted. Steenberg for example has 350 nonresident (our transient) members, why? Because of their location, adjacent to a city with many high income individuals.

This brings me to some recent changes to the golf department you may have heard about. Due to the seasonal nature of this resort and golf resorts in general, we have made some changes to the personnel structure in the Golf Department. We have reduced the number of permanent golf professionals on our team. Instead we shall be making more use of seasonal labour in the future. One can equate this to the practice used in ski resorts, whereby high calibre employees work in a Southern hemisphere resort for 6 months and then move to a Northern Hemisphere resort for the other 6 months of the year. We shall continue to provide you with the services you require when you are on the estate.

That’s about it for this week, but before I go, I thought I would leave you this tale of true love…..and teeth.

A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald’s. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them. Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap.

The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn’t have to split theirs.
The old gentleman said, “Oh no. We’ve been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50.”
The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied, “It’s his turn with the teeth.”



Tucker’s Corner

Masters Glory For Charl

If any of you managed to stay awake till 2am on Monday Morning, watching the Masters, you would not have been disappointed! What a fantastic win for Charl! Anybody that is in contention in the final round and managed to birdie the last 4 holes at Augusta, is destined for greatness!! At one stage Tiger was looking good in the clubhouse at 10 under par and ended up 4 shots behind the winner!? What an awesome final round! Obviously like any final round of a Major, it was not without casualties, as Rory McIlroy folded like cheap garden furniture!

It is actually unbelievable to think how strong the South African contingent is in world golf at the moment. How can a fairly small golfing community like us, produce such great players? Send me your thoughts on this by clicking here and I will add the best piece to next week’s newsletter. It makes me think that if South Africa had to play the Americans in a Ryder Cup format 
tournament, we would stand a very good chance!

It was not all great news for our 2 C-League teams on Saturday, as Boo Weekly and his team just never got going and stumbled to a 7-5 loss to Mossel Bay. Congratulations to Peter Gibbs and his team for a great win over George 7 1/2 – 4 1/2. Since Gary has been monitoring the guys handicaps closely, his team hasn’t managed a league win! Good luck to Constantyn and his team this weekend!


Attention all members: 50% clearance sale on many Ladies and Men’s clothing starting Thursday till the end of April at the Fancourt Pro Shop!! Dont miss out!!

Happy Hitting!
Neil Walsh-Tucker
Head Golf Professional: Montagu/Outeniqua

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